Hornby Island Natural History Centre

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Plant Propagation Work Party

The Natural History Centre volunteers have been assisting with a native plant plant propagation project at Helliwell Park. In spring 2017, several volunteers each grew a variety of native plant species at their homes for the project. In the fall,…

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Closed Due to Maintenance

The Natural History Centre is closed due to maintenance. We will re-open in the spring.

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Plant Propagation at Helliwell

The Natural History Centre has been assisting with a plant propagation project at Helliwell Park. Last spring, the stewards each grew a variety of native plant species at their homes for the project. Finally, the time came to plant them…

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Halloween Animal Art: Owls and Bats

In the spirit of Halloween, the younger students visited the Natural History Centre for a bat and owl activity. It was a great opportunity to let the kids really observe while learning interesting facts about these fascinating creatures. The students…

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Helliwell Park Bird Walk with Art Martell

About eighty people gathered to catch a glimpse of some of the forest and shoreline birds at Helliwell Park. We sought, listened, and enjoyed their presence under the guidance of Art Martell. Art is an ornithologist and keen birder locally,…

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Lessons Learned from Killer Whales: A Talk with Jackie Hildering

  Join us for this must-see, inspirational presentation on Lessons Learned from Killer Whales. Presenter Jackie Hildering is an acclaimed educator who will trace back the human social evolution with Killer Whales, discussing how these whales are powerful indicators of…

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Unusual Hornby Resident! A Yellow-headed Pileated Woodpecker

This rare yellow-headed Pileated Woodpecker lives by the Shire on Hornby Island. They are so unusual that local bird expert, Art Martell, says it’s the first he has seen. According to Art, it is likely a genetic mutation that will probably not…

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Otter-Gate! Sweet Video of River Otter Family

It was earlier in the spring that we noticed we had a new resident living under an out building ..first we smelled her..phew! Then we saw her…a big, lovely otter returning from our pond with duckweed on her back making…

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Summer 2017 Events Calendar

We are pleased to announce that the Summer 2017 Natural History Events Calendar is now available! This year’s topics include Hornby Island fossils, the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse (and what to expect on Hornby), a Helliwell Park Bird Walk, and Sea Otters!…

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Bob McDonald Makes Waves at the Community Hall

Bob McDonald of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks recently gave a lively and educational talk at the Hornby Island Community Hall. He was back on the island offering another generous fundraising event for the Natural History Centre. The talk “Gravitational Waves and…

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Exhibit Display Upgrade

Changes are coming to the Natural History Centre! We are very excited to have received a British Columbia | Canada 150: Celebrating B.C.’s Communities Contributions to Canada grant for upgrading and developing our displays and infrastructure in the Exhibit. Thanks…

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A Special Sighting

This summer a boy named Zempei who is very knowledgeable about raptors and wished to spot a barred owl while on Hornby Island visited the Centre with his family. One of the Natural History stewards suggested that, when the family go…

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Humpback Comeback!

What a great evening! After a huge storm and 18 hour power outage on Hornby Island, the power came on just in time to accommodate the 126 islanders who came out to hear Jackie Hildering speak on humpback whales at the Community…

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